Prepping for the 11+

By The Bookshop on the Green

By The Bookshop on the Green

Navigating the different exam boards, requirements and catchment areas for Birmingham's grammar schools can be tricky - but Louise from Beaufort Tutors is here to the rescue!


She helps scores of 10 year olds prepare for their 11+ and independent schools each year. These are her top picks for test papers.


As for which fictional books Louise would recommend for children preparing for the 11+? Absolutely anything. Take them to a bookshop and let them browse, and pick something which piques their interest. All books will improve their fluency, grammar, concentration span and vocabulary. And as they develop a love of reading, so many other skills will fall into place. 


List updated February 2022.

11+ CEM 10-Minute Tests: Maths Word Problems - Ages 10-11 Book 1 (with Online Edition)

CGP Books


Very good short tests for children at the end of Year 5.

11+ CEM 10-Minute Tests: Maths - Ages 10-11 Book 1 (with Online Edition)

CGP Books


These 10-minute tests fit easily with busy lives. Book 1 and Book 2 are great for children coming to the end of Y5.

11+ Verbal Reasoning Flashcards: For the Gl Assessment and Cem Tests

Letts 11+

£9.99 £9.49

Great for informal practice at home, on car journeys and whilst you're out and about.

Letts 11+ Problem Solving - Practice Workbook with Assessment Tests: For Independent School Entrance

Letts Common Entrance


Great practice for the independent school entrance exams.

11+ CEM 10-Minute Tests: Maths - Ages 8-9 (with Online Edition)

CGP Books


If you want to dip a toe in 11+ preparation, this is a great place to start.

Beaufort Tutors are based at our offices in Bournville Hub, and offer one-to-one and group tutoring sessions for:

  • Primary English
  • Primary Maths
  • GCSE Sciences
  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE English
  • A-level Chemistry
  • 11+ Examinations
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